Northern Ireland companies shortlisted for awards in India

Five Northern Ireland companies and local businessman Lord Diljit Rana, Chairman of Andras House in Belfast, have been shortlisted in the UK-India Awards to be announced next week at a gala event in Mumbai.

The companies listed have all used Invest NI trade missions to access opportunities in India. They include: Andor Technology, Belfast; CDE Ireland, Cookstown; FG Wilson, Larne; ICS Computing, Belfast; Savile Row, Castledawson; and Singularity, Londonderry. Lord Rana, who has led a series of missions to India for Invest NI, is listed in two categories – Business Person of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.

In addition, several Indian companies with operations in Northern Ireland are also listed – Firstsource, which has set up in Belfast and Derry; HCL, which has contact centres in Belfast and Armagh; Pix Transmission which acquired Flexequip of Lisburn earlier this year, and Tech Mahindra, which recently announced a software business in Belfast. They are listed alongside some of India’s biggest companies including the Tata Group; Wipro, Infosys and Reliance.

The winners will be announced at a televised awards dinner and ceremony at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai on 27 September 2007. A conference – UK-India: Partners in Globalisation – will take place on the same day. This will feature global speakers and has attracted an audience of over 300 business leaders. Mivan, the Antrim civil engineering business, gained an award last year, the first year the awards were held.

Launched in October 2005, the awards acknowledge and celebrate the successful business partnerships being developed between India and the UK. The awards are sponsored by UK Trade and Investment.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Director of Trade, commenting on the shortlisting, said: “The list shows the strength of interest developing in Northern Ireland in the huge Indian marketplace. Also worth noting is the spread of industries which the nominated companies represent, from machinery to software and consumer goods.

“Most of the companies now have operations in India and are doing good business in what is one of the world’s most vibrant markets, a market offering huge opportunities for Northern Ireland.”